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Glastonbury profits down to just £86,000 last year

The festival on Somerset's Worthy Farm revenues break records, but profits fall short. Credit: PA

With about 170,000 people at Worthy Farm in Somerset at the height of the five-day festival in June last year, Glastonbury is recognised as one of the biggest music gatherings in the world.

It may be the country’s biggest festival, but most of Glastonbury's record-breaking revenues last year were absorbed by sizeable charitable donations and upkeep costs.

Pre-tax profits fell from £764,000 in 2013 to just £86,000 last year, new accounts show.

Despite a £25.9 million gross-tax profit, the proceeds were almost all used to cover administrative costs and to honour a commitment to donate a sizeable slice of the proceeds to charity.

Will Glastonbury's Holy Thorn be Tree of the Year?

Glastonbury's Holy Thorn is in the running to be crowned Tree of the Year. Credit: ITV News

Voting has now closed in the competition to find England's favourite tree, which includes Glastonbury's Holy Thorn as one of the finalists.

According to legend, Joseph of Arimathea, the uncle of Jesus, dug his staff into the ground where it took root. The hawthorn is said to be a descendent of the original tree. Already knew that? Here are 10 things you might not know about the famous flowerer.

It was nominated by a public vote in The Woodland Trust's Tree of the Year contest.

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Glastonbury 2016 sells out in 32 minutes

Festival goers at the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2015 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tickets for next year's Glastonbury Festival have sold out in just 32 minutes.

Emily Eavis took to twitter to congratulate those lucky enough to get a ticket:

It meant cause for celebration for some...

...and disappointment for others:

Holy Thorn in the running for Tree of the Year

The Holy Thorn in Glastonbury Credit: ITV News

The Glastonbury Holy Thorn is one of ten trees shortlisted to be England's tree of the year.

In an annual ceremony the holy thorn is cut from the tree at Glastonbury Abbey and given to the Queen.

The public will vote on the final ten - which the Woodland Trust has whittled down from 200 nominations.

To see all the shortlists and vote for your favourite tree click here.

Cutting a sprig from the Holy Thorn for the royal Christmas table Credit: ITV News

Crowds gather to watch for 'Blue Moon'

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Crowds gathered at Glastonbury Tor last night to catch a glimpse of the first "blue moon" since 2012 - and the last until 2018.

The name "blue moon" refers to the second of two full moons appearing in the same calendar month.

It is more important for astrologers than astronomers, marking a time of upset, change and possibilities.

Despite the name, blue moons are usually silvery grey, like any other.

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Blue moons are not as rare as myths may say. The last one occurred on August 31, 2012, and the next will be seen on January 31, 2018.

Did you take any great pictures of the blue moon? Email us on westcountryweather@itv.com.

Dramatic photo emerges of huge fire at Glastonbury scrapyard

Devon and Somerset Police have shared a new picture on their Twitter account of a fire which broke out at a scrapyard in Glastonbury yesterday,

Firefighters believe the cause was accidental at the yard on Thomas Way Industrial Estate at about 7 o'clock last night, 21 July.

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